Enel Green Power and Sapio have agreed to start the supply of green hydrogen produced by using renewable energy from the Carlentini wind farm in eastern Sicily.
Enel Green Power’s futuristic NextHy initiative will allow the green hydrogen to be produced at the Sicilian industrial plant.
Under the agreement, the green hydrogen will be produced, stored and made available from 2023 at the Carlentini and Sortino production sites. Sapio will be responsible for developing the market and handling the distribution of renewable hydrogen to the end customer.
Once fully operational, the green hydrogen will be produced mainly by a 4 MW electrolyser powered exclusively by the renewable energy of the existing wind farm and to a lesser extent by the electrolysis systems tested in the platform.
In addition to the sectors reserved for full-scale production, there are also areas dedicated to testing new electrolysers, components such as valves and compressors, and innovative liquid and solid storage systems based on liquid and solid means of storage.
The entire complex is currently undergoing an environmental impact assessment at the Sicily Region’s Department of Land and Environment.
Salvatore Bernabei, CEO of Enel Green Power, said, “In contexts where electrification is not easily achievable, green hydrogen is the key solution for decarbonisation as it is emission-free and offers promising development prospects.”
Alberto Dossi, President of the Sapio Group, commented, “The agreement with EGP also gives us the opportunity to integrate green hydrogen into our business model, which is based on our strong technological expertise in hydrogen.”